Goth hairstyles are back! We bet that’s something you didn’t think would happen. If you’re not familiar with these kinds of hairstyles, goth styles are typically black, heavily layered hairstyles with thick side-swept bangs. Styling usually meant keeping it messy, and the only accessories in sight were black lipstick and coordinating eyeliner. Does that sound familiar? What started as a style worn by mostly punk rock bands and their fans is now being transformed by your favorite influencers, models, and celebrities.
The goth hairstyles we see today embrace rainbow hues of hair color and hair types. Whether you have stick-straight hair, blonde, brunette, pink or red hair, there are modern goth hairstyles for every personality. Feeling vampy? Read on as we explore each one:
10 Modern Goth Hairstyles
1. Slicked Back Hair
Fashion forward and goth, too! What’s not to love about a hairstyle that you can create in seconds? Grab gel, apply and backcomb hair… et voilà! You’re done.
2. Micro Fringe
A baby bang is one of the last words in stylish goth, and we’re more than stoked to see that this once-subversive look is now going mainstream. Ask your stylist for a bang that rests high above your forehead, and pair it with some texture for that undeniable cool factor.
3. Sleek Pony
A super-sharp ponytail done on the darkest of hair hues is at equally home on the runways and at your fave after-dark clubs.
4. Accented Twists
Twists are a great protective hairstyle. You can add a pop of color to edge it up as desired.
5. Messy Bob
We love ourselves some legit short goth hairstyles, and the best ones are known for controlled chaos with waves and curls. Use a curling iron to create waves, then break them up with your fingers. Add TRESemmé TRES Two Extra Firm Control Gel to hold your style in place and give it a wet sheen.
Beehives are back and can be worn by any hair type, and provide a cool, vintage twist to the goth look. The trick to making a beehive is back-combing or teasing the hair to create extra, extra volume. Use TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Shine Serum on strands to help you tease without damaging tresses.
7. Fishtail Crown Braids
Gothic hairstyles can sometimes be classified as a perfectly done/undone style like these fishtail braids. If you haven’t tried the fishtail yet, follow our fishtail braid tutorial.
8. Messy Top Knot
File this under the cute goth hairstyles category! Top knots are sexy, practical and chic. You can wear them to the gym, then at the office, and… well, anywhere. Give the top knot a gothic hairstyle spin by making it slightly undone and messy. Use Suave Professionals Natural Hold Non Aerosol Hairspray for a soft flexible hold that keeps your style in place without making your hair feel sticky or hard.
9. Tapered Afro
The tapered afro is a fun way to interpret goth hairstyle trends. This style is great for natural hair textures, as it doesn’t require a lot of manipulation to the curls.
10. Crimped Hair
You know how we mentioned earlier how styles come back again? Crimped hair was big in the ’80s and yes, it’s back! Before you use your crimping iron, protect tresses from potential damage from heated tools by spraying on TRESemmé Get Sleek Heat Protection Spray on your hair. After letting the product dry, crimp away!